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Spelling "aunt" in Polish

3 Apr 2008 #31
I've always known my grandparents as Babcia and Dziadziu.
23 Apr 2008 #32
I am here to tell you that Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grade School and High School in Wyandotte, Michigan are still very much alive and well and offer a complete 12 year education.
Franek 8 | 271
23 Apr 2008 #33
I read this thread with interest. I have come to the conclusion that it had to do in what region you were in.My Folks came from Galicia (Mala Polska), All the I ever knew was Dzidzu and Busia. I called my Grandfather Gigi& my Grandmother Busia.

She refered to me as her maly Nunczek. What the hell ever a Nunczek is. It must have meant well for I was her favorite. I also heard of Basia used a lot.
z_darius 14 | 3,968
23 Apr 2008 #34
My Folks came from Galicia (Mala Polska), All the I ever knew was Dzidzu and Busia. I called my Grandfather Gigi& my Grandmother Busia.

Funny. I come from the area and I never heard those used in my family :)
Franek 8 | 271
23 Apr 2008 #35
Darius; I am just guessing. Actually I realy dont know. But I am first generation Polish American.. This is all that we used.I repeat,It was just a guess
z_darius 14 | 3,968
23 Apr 2008 #36
It was just a guess

I didn't mean my post to be an argument against yours. There can be quite large linguistic variations on relatively small areas.

As my dad used to joke, my mom came from a different civilization - her village was located across the river, 2 miles from his :)
Franek 8 | 271
23 Apr 2008 #37
When my Father was still alive. He would tell me stories about his homeland.. I know all that I need to know about his life in Poland. But there are still unanswered questions.I looked at a map of his villiage.(Drzewdzuwka) and tried to relate some of the stories that he told me.. Thank God for the Internet. I learned a lot. It's nice to meet you. Are you in Toronto?
23 Apr 2008 #38
I’m also from Galicia. First time I heard of (Busia) was when I visited U.S. The old timers (by that I mean 2nd 3rd 4th generation Poles) use that in their speech. Yes a lot of them were from that region of Poland, but it seems to apply only to the families where Polish was a second language used at home or not spoken at all. Since enough people use it I guess it makes it a word. Personally I think it’s cute and it emphasizes their heritage. This is something to be proud of not frowned upon.

She refered to me as her maly Nunczek.

Franek it’s “Wnuczek” not “Nuczek” but close enough and it means grandson.
Franek 8 | 271
23 Apr 2008 #39
Well I"ll be darned.( wnuczek) after all of these years I finally found out what that means. Thanks who ever you are. LUV you.. OH OH that is if you are a female. If you are a male (Thanks)
z_darius 14 | 3,968
23 Apr 2008 #40
It's nice to meet you. Are you in Toronto?

Nice to meet you Frank.
I live just over an hour from downtown Toronto, about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls.
27 May 2008 #41
Not really... I am from Poland and this is first time I hear about. We never used “busia”
21 Jun 2008 #42
I knew my granparents as Busia and DziaDzia. Grew up in Toledo, Ohio.
28 Jun 2008 #44
Actually, Busia is a quite common term used for grandma by polish immigrants in the Michigan area. My family came over from Poland in 1902 and everyone in my family as well as most people in our polish community use "Busia" to refer to grandma. Just my 2-cents.
dtaylor 9 | 823
28 Jun 2008 #45
not busia, but basia i think:/
28 Jun 2008 #46
Hey Wyandotte guy,

I am actually from Wyandotte too. My parents graduated from Mt. Carmel and my cousin is the curent priest at Mt. Carmel and I am pretty sure that the school is still open. I know there is talk of it closing due to the Catholic school consolidation effort, but as far as I know, it is actually still open. Although, the facilities are pretty old and run down and in need of repair and the current student head count is very low.


You might be right, I cannot really speak polish except for a few words that my grandparents taught me, so I am not an expert on the subject. However, I have always heard it pronounced "Boo-sha" and I have always seen it spelled on birhtday cards by my parents, aunts and unlces as "Busia". Again, I am not an expert, I am just going by what I have seen and heard in my family and community.
28 Jun 2008 #47

I think Basia is short / pet name for Barbara...
28 Jun 2008 #49
Woo - hoo! one for me!
Cicero Johnny - | 2
2 Dec 2008 #51
I'm commenting on Busia pronounced (Boosha), I'm 46, grew up in Cicero west side of Chicago. We allways called our grandmothers Busia. Allot of people do in the Chicago area. Thats the way it is.
Krakowianka 1 | 243
2 Dec 2008 #52
Allot of people do in the Chicago area. Thats the way it is.

I think you are referring to polish-americans that do not speak polish who call their grandmothers "Busia". I believe Busia started from babusia, and it got shorted by those that always complain about Polish being difficult to pronounce.

Poles that speak polish, call grandma "babcia".
Cicero Johnny - | 2
2 Dec 2008 #53
My Busia was from Poland and spoke broken english she had 5 children and 18 grand children, I never heard another polish name for grandma until I left the Chicago area, she accepted Busia, so did the whole family, I never heard anyone complain about the language. Until now
8 Feb 2009 #54
I know the spelling on this is going to be wrong, and I'm spelling it phonetically, but I always called my grandfather Djaju.

That is how I called my grandparents. I never could remember how to spell "Dziadziu" properly. I kept spelling it Djaju, and only with the "D" because I remember being shown how to spell it when I was young.
27 Feb 2009 #55
I grew up on the south side of Chicago, and everyone I know used Busia when referring to their grandmothers. Maybe it's a midwestern thing!
14 Apr 2009 #56
I call my Grabdmother, Babcia and Grandfather Dziadzio and aunt chocia (not sure the correct spelling)
18 May 2009 #57
Hey Wyandotte guy! I'm actually from Taylor and celebrated my cousin's wedding at Mount Carmel yesterday! I to am Polish and we've always called our grandma "Busia"
Trevor 6 | 66
30 May 2009 #58
I am from northern northern northern Nj, put my polish family is in Goshen/Pine Island area. And i call my grandmas Babcia and my grandpas (not sure how to spelll) Dziadzi (ga-gee).
8 Aug 2009 #59
I am from Poland (born and raised) and I never hear Busia until now. We always called Grandma Babcia and Grandpa Dziadek or Dziadzia. Busia must be an Polish-American word because I've never heard it in Poland (even kids didn't use it). Just my 2cents

Majick1010 - | 1
30 Oct 2009 #60
Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Kulpmont?

I have always called my grandparents Busia and Dziadzia; I have also heard the pronounciation Booshie; I am not sre of the spelling though.

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